This is a repost of an older post from the old version of the blog. The video is the original and a little older quality. I plan to eventually redo the video with some additions; but for the time being here is the video for reference and education.
My colleagues and I published an article in Academic Emergency Medicine, the journal for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, about something we termed the Ski Lift. This is a method to help assist in viewing the needle during in-plane guidance for realtime ultrasound guidance for vascular access.
A brief description is presented here with a video, the full article can be found at:
- Obtain a sagittal view of the target vessel
- Stabilize the transducer and brace your hand. Then rock the probe to elevate the proximal section.
- Place the needle in the center of the probe (usually at the case seam) and under the probe footprint.
- Stop rocking the probe so the entire surface is again contacting the skin, the needle tip should be immediately visible.
- Advance the needle to the target vessel